Brewed by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen
Style: Lambic Style - Gueuze
Lot, Beersel, Belgium


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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Editors Note: This listing is for a special edition geuze that must have a label as seen on the left: either yellow with a purple "vintage" line as shown, or a red color field. It is not for a vintage year of regular Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, which has its own listing.

Bottles pictured are reproduced with permission courtesy of Lambic.Info. Bottles shown include the various labels and size formats used for this geuze.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4661) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Thanks a ton to Turdferguson for sharing this 2003 vintage. Pours a very bright hazy orange gold with a 2 finger frothy white head. The nose is funky, grassy, sharp, vinous, some tartness, citrusy, fruity. The flavor is funky, nice tart acidic feel, grassy, fruity, sharp and spicy, a bit dry towards the end. Has a tart mouthfeel and finishes dry tart and warm. Very nice gueuze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (6212) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2008
2002 vintage bottle drank in 2008: Poured a slightly hazy orangey color lambic with a medium white bubbly head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of green apple with some acid and sour notes and some mild barnyard notes. Taste is less acidic then the aroma was suggesting with some sour notes and a barnyard feel which is quite interesting. There was some distinctive green apple notes which are similar to the Girardin gueuze. Full body with some good carbonation but slightly lower then I was expecting. I cant say that I see a huge difference form the regular geueze but IO as impressed nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2008
375 Bottle from Degarth, 07/03/2002. I had this a couple weeks ago, a small sample (also 2002, though a different month), and I wasnt crazy about it. At first this one wasnt too much better, although as it has warmed and breathed it has really opened up. Dry hay, funky aroma, earthy, black pepper. Flavor is earthy, tart, yeastiness, dry grass. A very dull kind of feel to this, as opposed to the brightness of many gueuzes. A tasty treat, though I prefer the normal oude gueuze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (43253) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 26, 2008
37.5 cL bottle, thanks to Jeppe. Pours hazy orange with a slowly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is barnyard and orange fruity. Light wood note. Flavour starts solid citric before a dry wooden note appears. Light orange fruity finish with a that classic brett/yeasty tartness. Dry and wooden yet smooth and fruity too - nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - 2002 vintage) - hazy, glowing orange beer - smells of fruit, cork, blue cheese, musty/earthy notes - bracing tartness up front - some phenolics and light cheesy character - a lot of cork and woody flavor - I can almost taste the cellar this was aged in - long, tongue-curling dryness - I enjoyed the strong earthiness of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle 16/04/2002. Deep hazy orange-golden beer with a thick creamy white head. Aroma is very rich and lovely. Soft funky character and a fairly prominent musty/corky aroma. Some strong funkiness and a nice soft fruitiness as well. Flavour is quite earthy and musty. There is a great sweet vanilla and mint aroma that comes up as the beer starts to warm as well. Not terribly sour, but has a great earthy funkiness. I definitely prefer the regular Oude Geuze though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgiskOlklub (1072) - Viby J, DENMARK - APR 17, 2008
Bottle (2002). Large, rocky, white, diminishing head with fair lacing. A sparkling, lightly cloudy, light yellow body. Heavy yeast aroma of earth and musty. Aroma of apple and cask wood. Medium body, thin texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish - to bitter if you ask me. The flavor is moderate sweet, heavy acidic and moderate bitter. Not my favourite gueze because of the bitter finish - and not acidic finish. But the beer is still well balanced and good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
2008-04-04. Bright hazy orange body with a big white head that fades. (3+) Aroma is quite musty, modest sweet and sour lemon citrus notes. (7+). Flavour is quite sour, with the sourness seeming to increase in proportion to the size and frequency of your sips. Astringent lemons and citrus seeds. Average palate is just a touch thin but suits it, effervescent. Zippy and complex but pleasantly drinkable in modest quantities. Bottle labeled 2004 Vintage from Bier Tempel, Brugge

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
Vintage version, 2004, bottle shared with and courtesy of Jerc and Mabel from their recent Belgium trip. Nice dark, hazy, fiery yellow, small white head. Aroma is really sour and really funky - almost spicy. Intense sourness in taste, very acidic. Just tad thin in the body - makes it a little too acidic. Otherwise complex mouth puckering loveliness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2008
75cL bottle, bottled on 2/2/07. Im a 3 Fonteinen whore, the only thing "bad" I can say about this particular bottle is that the aroma was just a little off. Aside from that, this expensive ass bottle is ~almost~ reason enough to move to Beersel and become a bum hoping to lick the empty barrels as they are cleaning them.

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